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D. Scott Penman

D. Scott Penman is a principal at Penman & Winton Consulting Group.  Scott’s more than 20 years of experience lobbying the Missouri Legislature began when he served as a legislative liaison and issues organizer for the St. Louis-based Reform Organization for Welfare (ROWEL).  At ROWEL, Scott drafted Missouri’s welfare reform legislation, which still serves as a model at both the state and federal levels. 

Scott left ROWEL in 1994 to form the Penman & Winton Consulting Group with David Winton.  Since then he has worked with a number of organizations striving to improve Missourians’ quality of life, as well as other groups that provide services Missourians use every day. These groups range from healthcare-oriented associations, to telecommunications entities, to groups with a focus on education.  Scott has advocated on their behalf not only to members of the Legislative Branch, but also to members of Missouri’s Executive Branch of government.  He has extensive experience training and organizing association members on a variety of matters pertaining to legislative advocacy, and in the process empowering them to become stronger advocates for their causes.

Throughout the years, Scott has developed an expertise both with Missouri’s legislative appropriations process and the lawmaking process.  He and David work with decision makers in both the Legislative and Executive Branches to ensure client interests are thoroughly represented.  Both partners have developed a well-earned reputation for innovation and strategy. Their experiences working with numerous executive administrations, other statewide officials and state legislatures for more than 20 years in the business of government relations is a core asset to the firm. They have worked in Jefferson City longer than any elected official with the exception of former Governor Jay Nixon, which means they have unrivaled knowledge of statutes, policy history and Missouri politics. 

Scott received a Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis.  He completed his Bachelor of Art in Human Services and Theater from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska.

A Colorado native, Scott resides in Columbia, Missouri with his wife, Amy, and two children, Evie and Alex. Amy has a Ph.D. in Political Science and teaches at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Scott enjoys spending his free time with his family hiking, camping, and fishing. He is also an avid wine enthusiast.